Maxthon has always been freeware and will always remain so. We guarantee that your VIP status will be valid for at least 1 year.   Maxthon 5 will be free to use and we will NOT charge the use of Maxthon. The "free now" wording means you get these VIP privileges  for free now. There will always be a way to get VIP privileges later, which is TBD. The details of VIP privileges will be revealed upon the release of MX5.